Posted 4 years ago
Hello, I got this pocket watch recently when my father passed away. He got it from his father. From what research I have been able to do, I believe it is a Rockford Plymouth label 'Prince of Wales' size 16, 21 jewels. The back of the case has the personalized letter H on it which is my Grandfather's last name initial.
From D.G.Artzner's book "Review of Rockford Watch Co....." it appears to be what he has labeled the 'Model 5 Special. The serial number on the movement is 663351.
The inside of the back case says 'Plymouth Perfect Warranted' with the serial number 1432254.
The watch is not running at this time. I tried winding it just a little and pulled the stem up and moved the hands to verify it was in working order. I did not wind it more than a couple of short winds, worrying that I might be overwinding it.
I tried to determine the date of origin, but was confused by some of the articles I read having conflicting views, but my best guess from what I read is around 1909. If anyone could help me with the dating of the watch I would appreciate it. I would actually appreciate any input about it that is given. Such as: is it a gold filled case, is there a way to determine what the case is made of, etc.